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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating and complex disease with an unknown cause — and for which there is currently no cure. The SUNY Buffalo is home to one of the leading multiple sclerosis (MS) research centers in the world, and as reported in Healthcare IT News, the research team is using

If you're just getting started with the R language, R user Pairach Piboonrungroj has published a handly list of 20 free R tutorials published by university departments.

For those looking for an in-depth workshop on financial engineering with R, look no further than the R/Rmetrics Workshop and Summer School held annually in beautiful Meielisalp, Switzerland. This is an intimate workshop limited to around 50 participants, and features tutorials from leading practitioners in finance with R. This year's workshop takes plase June 24-28. You can find the announcement from the Rmetrics Foundation below, and you can register for the workshop here:

Ted Harding posed an interesting puzzle challenge on the r-help mailing list recently. Here's the puzzle:

Take the numbers 1, 2, 3, etc. up to 17.

Can you write out all seventeen numbers in a line so that every pair of numbers that are next to each other, adds up to give a square number?

When Mercury thiocynate is heated, it undergoes an exothermic reaction with surprising results:

 

This is actually a centuries-old fireworks effect, the Pharaoh's Serpent. But because of the toxic gases produced during the reaction, it is rarely used today. Still, it's cool to see.

The most recent edition of the Revolution Newsletter is out. The news section is below, and you can read the full April edition (with highlights from this blog and community events) online. You can subscribe to the Revolution Newsletter to get it monthly via email.

In the 2012 edition of the SAP Sybase Capital Markets Guide, Revolution Analytics' Senior Advisor for Products and Strategy (and former CEO) Norman Nie writes about the "Five Benefits of Big Analytics".

The webinar team at Revolution Analytics has put together a great program over the next couple of months.

Thanks to the lower-than-usual snowfall over most of the US this past winter, there's low risk of major flooding as the snow melts this Spring (for the first time in four years!). Nonetheless, being able to forecast river flood events is of critical importance to local emergency managers, water & electric utilities, river navigation companies, and the US Army Corps of Engineers -- not to mention residents in flood-prone areas.